New International Version
What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
King James Bible
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Darby Bible Translation
That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
World English Bible
That which is crooked can't be made straight; and that which is lacking can't be counted.
Young's Literal Translation
A crooked thing one is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That which is crooked cannot be made straight - There are many apparent irregularities and anomalies in nature for which we cannot account; and there are many defects that cannot be supplied. This is the impression from a general view of nature; but the more we study and investigate its operations, the more we shall be convinced that all is a consecutive and well-ordered whole; and that in the chain of nature not one link is broken, deficient, or lost.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
wanting or a defect
LibraryTwo views of Life
'This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith.--ECCLES. i. 13. 'He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.'--HEBREWS xii. 10. These two texts set before us human life as it looks to two observers. The former admits that God shapes it; but to him it seems sore travail, the expenditure of much trouble and efforts; the results of which seem to be nothing beyond profitless exercise. There is an immense activity and nothing to show for it at the end …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Birth and Training. His Life in Cæsarea Until the Outbreak of the Persecution.
How to Make Use of Christ as the Truth, for Growth in Knowledge.
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.
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